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Office 2013 retail is “permanently assigned” to a single computer

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  1. BillyGates New Member

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    Full license doesn't revert to reduced functionality

    I agree that there should be a type of Office 2013 license that permits you to transfer to another PC, however don't confuse Office 2013 with Office 365, which is a subscription that allows you to use whatever the current version of Office is. The subscription is the one that reverts to reduced functionality and the other is perpetual, albeit only for as long as the PC you installed it on keeps running!

    I don't think there is an OEM/SKU license anymore, so this new Retail license is priced between the old OEM/SKU and Retail.

     
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    @newtekie1

    Oops, I forgot to put that post in the right context which threw you off a bit. :eek: I've put an edit in there now for the context so it should now make sense (hopefully!)

    Thanks for the info about the OEM activation. :) I know that MS will generally activate if you tell them it's a replacement mobo and I'll bet they'll even do it if the mobo is actually completely different. However, since they're trying to change their business model to a rental one, it wouldn't surprise me if they start becoming more draconian with this and try to deny activations. This is pure speculation at this point of course, but wouldn't it make for a juicy news story if this came to light in a few months time!
     
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    I still haven't seen a compelling reason to upgrade from Office 2003, especially considering the existence of OpenOffice. This basically seals Office 2013's fate in my mind - it's not worth my time or money.
     
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    So its business as usual, just a minor change in words?
     
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    TBH we don't know that yet. His experiences is based on how things used to be, how they are now... We won't know until we try. ;)
     
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    I'm happy with LibreOffice 4.0 plus still have MSO 2003
     
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    How generous of them to "allow" me to replace my motherboard should it blow up or I wish to upgrade. Now I gotta call Master Hapu and explain that my motherboard took a shit or I upgraded to a new machine and hope He allows such a ridiculous action from his subjects.
     
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    It's the subtlety that makes this comment funny. :laugh:
     
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    You ramp up the cynicism there buddy. :D
     
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    Wait...I just looked it up. Office 2010 wasn't transferable either. The downloadable retail edition only allowed installation on one PC, and it was non-transferable. The Retail Disc Edition was transferable, but how many people actually bought that version(it was more expensive too). The only change seems to be that Microsoft has stopped selling the Retail Disc Edition.

    So the claim that the previous version wasn't tied to a single PC permanently is false. The version that most people bought actually is tied to a single PC permanently.
     
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    So the retail edition is either locked or not locked depending on whether it was sold as a download or not? Sneaky, very sneaky and I'll bet not many people realized the difference.
     
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    This is just it. There isn't a thing I've needed with the newer iterations of Office at all.
     
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    I'm not sure if this is in agreement with what you said, but here's a reputable source:

    TechSpot
     
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    I'm still on Office 2003, use Outlook all the time and a bit of Word and haven't found a reason to change it. In fact, I tried out the 2007 and 2010 versions from my TechNet sub, but preferred 2003.

    Which version are you on?
     
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    I wasn't gonna say anything man. Logic has left TPU recently.
     
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    Microsoft's infographic for Office 2010. It clearly says that the key card edition is not transferable to another PC, and currently Office 2013 is only available in key card edition. Only the traditional disc version is transferable. So really the news should be that they eliminated the traditional disc version, because the licensing policy hasn't actually changed at all.

    Also, having said that, I've transferred the key card edition to new computers before without a problem.

    I'm using Office 2010, but only because I get it through my work's Technet subscription. If it wasn't for that I'd still be using Office 2003, and I'd only be using that because I got it free when I was in college. There isn't much reason to upgrade to newer versions if you are only using it for basic documents.

    And I can't stand Outlook anymore, there isn't any point is using it unless you have to connect to an Exchange account. Microsoft Live Mail is better and free.
     
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    Thanks NT, that infographic is quite illuminating. It still doesn't take away the fact that it's not possible to buy a traditional office suite without this severe restriction however, so exactly how they did it is interesting, but doesn't change anything very much.

    I'll have a look at that Microsoft Live Mail and see what I think of it.

    btw, my use of Office at home is very basic indeed, which is why I find that the 2003 version is still good enough. I found that using the later versions actually required more mouse clicks to do common actions, introduced the ribbon which I'm not especially keen on (*I don't hate it, either) and didn't give me any compelling extra functionality, so I didn't upgrade.
     
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    Isn't a disc version available?

    Newegg
     
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    Yes, but it works on only 1 PC and isn't transferrable, as it shows on the Newegg product page. That restriction is the whole point of this thread.
     
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    I think you missed a post.

    I posted an article describing how Office 2013 retail (not download) is using a new EULA.

    newtekie1 says the EULA has not changed, which is true for the download (key card) version.

    He further stated that the retail (traditional disc) version is not available, thus the EULA hasn't really changed and the only thing that has is they did away with the retail version, which isn't the case.
     
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    Ok maybe (I'm feeling too lazy to read over everything as I'm watching TV, lol) but I think that's just playing with semantics.

    The main point is that the only versioin of Office 2013 one can buy has this restrictive licence and it's obvious that they've made it worse to peddle their rental model Office 365. That they've just licenced Office 2013 like the keycard version of Office 2010, which I've never heard of btw, is just an interesting side point that doesn't change the main point.
     
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    Nah, not playing with semantics, just saying the traditional disc version is there and they changed the EULA on it to match the key card version.

    They're definitely pushing Office 365 and offer incentives like SkyDrive to get people on the bandwagon. Over the years I've mainly used Microsoft Word, but I've found a likable alternative in Abiword.
     
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    Meh ill stick with office 2010 for now. See no reason to upgrade.
     
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    2010. At work, I pretty much only use Excel... Not much has changed there at all through the years and all of my files converted from 03 to 10 without a problem. :)
     
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    yeah i still run 2007 and that works fine so i dont have any plan to upgrade :toast:
    except at sometimes i feel 2013 give you different look but that is just another story :D
     

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